News Release, Charles County Public Schools

Effective Tuesday, March 31, staff at the 11 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) meal distribution sites can provide parents food without their child being present. However, the pick-up person must be a child’s parent or guardian. Parents/guardians must show staff their child’s CCPS student identification (ID) badge or report card copy showing their student ID number.Parents with children not yet enrolled in school should attempt to bring some type of age verification to show to site staff, such as a copy of a birth certificate.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires CCPS to abide by specific regulations, including proof that meals are provided for children. Last week, USDA announced a waiver to this requirement which was adopted by the Maryland State Department of Education over the weekend. The waiver is intended for families with children who have special medical needs and are not able to visit a meal site with a parent or guardian.

To limit exposure to CCPS staff, parents and guardians need only show their child’s ID badge or report card to a staff member on site. The 11 meal sites operate 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following schools:

  • Henry E. Lackey High School;
  • Maurice J. McDonough High School;
  • St. Charles High School;
  • Westlake High School;
  • Milton M. Somers Middle School;
  • Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary;
  • Indian Head Elementary School;
  • Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School;
  • Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Elementary School;
  • J.C. Parks Elementary School; and
  • J.P. Ryon Elementary School.

Parents can pick up the following for their child daily: one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and a snack. Any requests from parents asking for additional meals on the same service day at other sites will not be honored. Visit the CCPS website at for the latest information.

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